Reports that the Lagos State Police Command has released two men, Don-Chima Enyinnaya George and Olusegun Razak who allegedly raped and filmed a 23-year-old girl in Lekki area of the state have been debunked by the police.
CSP Dolapo Badmus, PROZone 2, made this known in a statement that they were still in police custody.
Nigerians had reacted angrily online as many reactions followed the rumours that the suspects had been released.
The police statement read: “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force Zone 2 Command covering Lagos and Ogun State has been drawn to the news going around that two suspects Don-Chima Enyinnaya George and Olusegun Rasak arrested in connection with a case of rape at Lekki area of Lagos has been released.
“On receipt of the report, the AIG in charge of Zone 2, AIG Lawal Shehu ordered an immediate inquiry into the “report“!
“It was subsequently discovered that it’s a false allegation that is not only baseless but was purposely concocted by an unscrupulous element to smear the image of the police.
“The two suspects who were alleged to have forcefully had carnal knowledge (sexual intercourse ) of a lady (name withheld) were arraigned before the special offenses court of Lagos State (Family court 3) on 6th day of February 2019 on charges of Conspiracy, Sexual Assault and Rape, consequently they were remanded in prison till the next adjournment date. (facts can be cross-checked with the court and Prison service)
“The command hereby warn that mischief makers should desist from toying with sensitive issues especially that of this magnitude (RAPE) as it will not fold its hands to allow such occurrence.
“Investigation into this ‘fake report’ is ongoing as person(s) behind it will be fished out for proper actions.”